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Research Skills: Self-confidence

Self-confidence - skills required of excellent PhD or doctoral students

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12 November 2010

An excellent researcher at doctoral or PhD level:

  • Is aware of some personal abilities and willing to demonstrate them.
  • Recognises boundaries of own knowledge, skills and expertise and draws upon and uses sources of support as appropriate.

Looking ahead, a doctoral student can aim to become an excellent early-career researcher who:

  • Aware of own range of skills and enjoys demonstrating them.
  • Able to defend ideas in face of reasonable challenge both from colleagues and others.
  • Is self-reliant; capable of directing others.

Note: These skills are identified in the UK Researcher Development Framework – where they appear as B1.4 Personal qualities: self-confidence

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